At 20:10 local time yesterday Laura Trentani (Italy) crossed the Dawson City finish line. She ranks third overall and first in the women’s category. Laura had already finished the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 100 and 300 miles in previous years. So, it has come as no surprise that she is also capable of finishing the 430 mile distance. She is super strong! In Dawson City she was greeted by crew members and fellow athletes. Now Laura is getting a well deserved rest.
As always, a video full of emotions. Featuring the section from McCabe Creek, where Kathy and Jerry Kruse host us every year, all the way to Pelly Crossing and Pelly Farm. The latter is a real favourite amongst MYAU athletes as they are welcomed right into Sue’s and Dale’s home, with a treatment like no other and the legendary Pelly Farm lasagne.
Episode 5 from the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra Race – Updated Version
Gepostet von Montane am Montag, 11. Februar 2019
At 05:25 today Christof Teuscher from the USA crossed the Dawson City finish line to place 2nd in our 430 mile race. It was a hard last day for him. Due to fresh snow he had his snowshoes on pretty much all the time and he had to de-ice is pulk sled a couple of times after going through overflow. So, he was tired but also all smiles and apart from a couple of sore toe nails he had no major issues. Congratulations!
Now we are waiting for Laura Trentani from Italy. Laura already finished our 300 mile distance in a previous year and is now back to also see Dawson City. She is tired but keeps pushing on. I am told she has been dreaming of having a Coke for a long time. Not much longer now.
At that back, Gillian Smith (CAN), Jessie Thomson-Gladish (CAN) and a bit later also Scott Donatelli (CAN) have left Scroggie Creek. They and also all athletes in between are doing fine. The trails are soft due to yesterday’s snow and there is considerable elevation to get over. However, the finish line is now getting closer with every step and they should all make it before the 13 day cut-off.
Today at 17:18 local time Thierry Corbarieu from France crossed the finish line in Dawson City, thus placing first in our 430 mile race. Thierry was moving very fast and impressed us all with his great strategy and capability to stick to his plan. He managed to handle all challenges equally well – the cold, rough trails, fresh snow – nothing slowed him down. Congratulations!
Already yesterday Ahmad Fathi Junaidi from Brunei Darussalam finished 3rd in our 300 mile race. Ahmad did extremely well, especially considering he is from such a warm country. However, he did get a bit of frostbite on the tip of one of his thumbs on the very last leg of the race. Luckily it was not very bad and after a quick visit to see a doctor he got the okay to travel back home today as he had planned.
We closed the Pelly Farm checkpoint and now have crew in Scroggie Creek, Indian River and Dawson City. All athletes still in the 430 mile race are doing fine.
Next in Dawson City should be Christof Teuscher from the USA.
At 01:35 tonight Gareth (UK) arrived at the Pelly Crossing finish line. This means it took him 183 hours and 5 minutes to get her. He ranks 1st man and 2nd overall. Gareth has had a great race, always saying how much he loved it out there on the trail. Right now he is resting and he will drive back to Whitehorse with his sister tomorrow.
At 15:54 today Marianne Heading crossed the finish line of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 mile race. So, it took her 173 hours and 24 minutes to get here. She ranks 1st woman and 1st overall. Congratulations!
After a short rest at Pelly Farm 300 mile athlete Marianne Heading (UK) is on her way back to Pelly Crossing. Gareth Hardcastle (UK) and Ahmad Fathi Junaidi (Brunei Darussalam) are quite a long way behind. So, if all goes well for Marianne on those last miles she will be 1st female and 1st overall.
Thierry Corbarieu (France) is still the leader of our 430 mile race. He received a credit of 4 hours and 56 minutes for the time he was held at Pelly Farm. The Scroggie Crew is looking forward to welcome him soon. Next up is Christof Teuscher (USA) and currently in 3rd place is Laura Trentani (Italy).
Unfortunately, MYAU hero Enrico (the locomotive) Ghidoni this time could not go beyond Pelly Farm. He had trouble with his achilles and yesterday his stomach gave him problems, too. He is now resting and will soon come with crew back to Pelly Crossing.
All other 430 mile athletes are doing great to excellent. It’s really amazing to see the fun they are having even, regardless of the cold, the long hours and the little pains they all are feeling.
Stewart Stirling and Anja have left to set up Indian River checkpoint further north, to be ready for Thierry. Josh and Gary will help with camp set-up and then be on stand-by. Glenn and Spencer are pulling stakes in the south and can help at this end of the trail if need be. Our film crew and photographers are out their and continue with their efforts to let everyone back home be part of the adventure.
All other crew members are divided up between Pelly Farm and Pelly Crossing. Tomorrow we will also set up our finish line in Dawson. Although it will still be a while before our first athletes get there.
With Michael Faergegaard (Denmark) and Shelley Gellatly (Canada) two more 430 mile participants are not in the race anymore. Michael had a sore knee and Shelley was starting to develop frostbite on some of her fingertips. That means for our race to Dawson City we are now down to 14 athletes (from 40 who started). In the 300 mile race we have got 3 athletes remaining.
Front runner in the 430 miles is still Thierry Corbarieu from France. He was held for a few more than the normal 8 hours at Pelly Farm to make sure the crew can get ahead of him. Once I know the exact additional time he stayed, he will get that credited. Next in line is Christof Teuscher (USA) who is still looking very strong, too. Since Enrico is unranked (due to switching from xc-ski to running), Laura Trentani from Italy is currently our number three.
In the 300 mile race Marianne Heading (UK) is in front of Gareth Hardcastle (UK) and Ahamad Fathi Junaidi (Brunei Darussalam). With a bit of luck we will be able to welcome them all before Feb. 11th at the finish line in Pelly Crossing.
Carmacks is a very critical checkpoint because there is a 4 day 12 hours cut-off. Unfortunately, for some more athletes it was the end of their race. Those who made it have now a very good chance to reach the 300 and 430 mile finish.